MSc(Eng) Data Communications

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

This is where brilliant ideas are turned into advanced technology. Our expert staff are at the top of their game.

The biggest names in industry trust us to power their research and development.

The Rolls-Royce Technology Centre for Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives is based here.

Sheffield also houses the EPSRC National Centre for III-V Technologies.

About the course

Data communications is probably the most dynamic sector an engineering graduate can get into. It takes ambition, energy and technical skill.

Technology is developing fast. Research and development needs an interdisciplinary approach. That's where Sheffield comes into its own.

Study the dynamic field of efficient information transfer around the globe. We teach this course jointly with the Department of Computer Science so you get up-to-date knowledge and understanding, and individual support for an industry-relevant research project.

You'll be assessed on coursework, exams and a project dissertation with poster presentation.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Core modules

  • Network and Inter-Network Architectures
  • Network Performance Analysis
  • Data Coding Techniques for Communications and Storage
  • Advanced Communication Principles
  • Mobile Networks and Physical Layer Protocols
  • (either) Foundations of Object-Orientated Programming (or) Object-Orientated Programming and Software Design
  • Major Research Project

Optional modules

  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Software Development for Mobile Devices
  • Cloud Computing
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Antennas, Propagation and Satellite Systems
  • Optical Communication Devices and Systems
  • Computer Vision
  • Broadband Wireless Techniques
  • Wireless Packet Data Networks and Protocols
  • System Design

Teaching

Teaching is research-led from EEE and Computer Science. You'll carry out an individual research project with supervision throughout the project and during preparation of your dissertation.

Assessment

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Project dissertation with poster presentation

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Francis Ryder, postgraduate in the Department of Electornic and Electrical Engineering


I have always loved every aspect of electronics. The course has been extremely varied so I have been able to learn a whole variety of new subject areas. I have met so many different types of people and gained so many useful contacts.

Francis Ryder, postgraduate student in the department of electronic and electrical engineering

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 honours degree in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or Physics from a good UK university or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or industrial experience, get in touch to discuss your application.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

First-class facilities

Our state-of-the-art semiconductor growth and processing equipment is housed in an extensive clean room complex as part of the EPSRC's National Centre for III-V Technologies.

Semiconductor Materials and Devices

  • Laser photodetectors and transistor design
  • A high-tech field-emission gun transmission electron microscope (FEGTEM)
  • A focused ion beam (FIB) milling facility
  • Electron beam lithographic equipment

Electrical Machines and Drives

  • Specialist facilities for the design and manufacture of electromagnetic machines
  • Dynamometer test cells
  • A high-speed motor test pit
  • Environmental test chambers
  • Electronic packaging and EMC testing facilities
  • Rolls Royce University Technology Centre for Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives

Communications

  • Advanced anechoic chambers for antenna design and materials characterisation
  • Outdoor free-field range facility at the Buxton site
  • A lab for calibrated RF dosimetry of tissue to assess pathogenic effects of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones
  • Extensive CAD electromagnetic analysis tools

Vision and Information Engineering

  • Wide ranging area of 'information' from numerically generated holograms for lithographic applications to image processing, computer vision, and machine learning.

Careers

Our graduates are in demand. Many go to work in industry as engineers for large national and international companies, including Rolls-Royce, Vodafone and Intel.

Others continue to a research degree and an academic career.

Real-world applications

This is a research environment. What we teach is based on the latest ideas.

The work you do on your course is directly connected to real-world applications.

We work with government research laboratories, industrial companies and other prestigious universities. Significant funding from UK research councils, the European Union and industry means you have access to the best facilities.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr Nathan Porter
E: n.porter@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 5442